Infuse 6 - Can I now replace Plex?
You could have dropped it sooner, too.
Consider the fact that you do not need to manage a library on a server, but instead have a decentralized, multi-master library, duplicated on each device. That means no more server management headaches like downtime, delaying OS updates because you don’t have the time should the update go sour–none of that and less. It’s a fantastic implementation, and far more robust (redundancies on every device) than a single point of failure, i.e., a server. This is exponentially more useful when paired with a cloud storage service, as you get the remote capabilities as well. For the price of a storage provider like Google Drive, I’ve gone from managing hardware, buying storage when it inevitably runs out, to just paying 10 bucks a month for what is essentially a hard drive subscription for data I ultimately could could not care to lose should the provider no longer consider their service valuable.
I’m not saying that Plex is bad or anything, as I liked it enough to buy a lifetime years ago, but it just got to be too much (spreading themselves thin, entirely misguided, the fiasco that was Plex Cloud, and finally the poor player). There are still obvious strengths to the platform, such as its library handling and tighter, more complete navigation around TV Shows, but the balance of simplicity and power offered by Infuse with so little overhead outweighs those strengths. IMO, Infuse has maintained such a solid and purpose-focused software, and a leadership and level of communication for its software and to its community, that I genuinely could not care if they take their time to roll out new features. They know better than any of us where they fall short and where they shine. There’s nothing more satisfying than building on a great foundation, one feature at a time; sure, I can’t claim to know that their software is not in fact a gigantic spaghetti bowl of half-shaved yaks and temporary TODOs that outlive the author, but there’s just so much indicating the opposite in these forums that I’m willing to speak on conjecture alone.
All that to say, some other person mentioned that Infuse is worthless because the Up Next displays only 15 items, and all I can think is how absurd that sounds. You’re willing to keep a computer on, manage an OS, manage the software that runs on it, the software that runs on the clients, pay the electricity, and occupy some nook in your house so your Up Next list has more than 15 items? Absurd. Give me a hassle-free, decentralized product any day. I’d rather dedicate that time to my family, or flame wars on the Internet.